Marit Bouwmeester is the new leader of the women's event ©Getty Images

Former Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester climbed to the top of the women's standings of the ILCA 6 World Championships after one race in each fleet was completed in Texas.

The Dutchwoman, who started the day tied in second with Sarah Douglas, finished seventh to total 13 net points, while the Canadian dropped to fourth having crossed the line eighth in her respective fleet race.

Silvia Zennaro of Italy is level with Bouwmeester after recording a fifth-place finish.

Swiss Olympian Maud Jayet won her fleet race to rise to third, and a point off the top two.

Elena Vorobeva, the other fleet race victor, did little to catapult herself towards the leading pack as she sits 39th.

Norway's Line Flem Hoest also enjoyed a good day, coming third to round off the overall top five.

Maud Jayet was one of two fleet race winners on day two ©Getty Images
Maud Jayet was one of two fleet race winners on day two ©Getty Images

Defending champion Emma Plasschaert of Belgium came 11th to rank eighth overall while two-time Olympian and overnight leader Mári Érdi of Hungary suffered a day to forget as she concluded her race in 22nd, leaving her now in 14th.

ILCA 6 - also known as laser radial - is an Olympic class for women, but not men.

United States' Peter Barnard won his second race of the competition to hold onto first in the men's event with compatriots Nicholas Mueller and William Baker following in second and third.

Mueller and Baker were placed fifth and second respectively.

The ILCA 6 World Championships are scheduled to continue tomorrow before concluding on Sunday (October 16).